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April 8, 2010

London Apartment: What Is The Difference Between A ‘Standalone Apartment’ And An ‘Apart’Otel’

For the uninitiated to the world of serviced apartments, let me explain what a serviced apartment is.

Serviced Apartment

A flat that has a separate bedroom, living room, fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom and can be rented for short stays from 1 night to 3 months or even longer. There are hotel benefits such as a maid service, reception.

What is a standalone apartment?

This is a term I have coined to try and differentiate between apart’otels and apartments. Standalone apartments are serviced apartments ran by a small team within a block of flat. Staying in these apartments, you will enjoy maid service, reception help, but no Room Service or Health Club. A number of the standalone apartments’ team work Monday to Friday 9:00-5:00pm, so anyone checking in outside of these hours will need to pick up their keys to the apartment at another location.

What is an apart’otel?

Apartments within this category also enjoy all the benefits of the standalone apartment such as maid service. The main difference is that these apartments are managed by hotels and are either located within one (usually on top floors) or just external to the hotel.

Guests staying an apart’otel can enjoy the privacy and independence of their apartment and the hotel services such as Room Service, 5pm and restaurants…all for a charge.

Apart’otels are opened 24 hours, so checking in at any time of the day is easy. Payment for the apartments are usually upon check-in.

So which one is better? Standalone apartments or Apart’otels?

The answer is: that depends on your needs.

Apart’otels in London are best if you are:

1. Staying for 1-2 nights

2. Arriving outside of office hours and want to check-in at the apartment and not at another location

3. Wishing to pay for the apartment upon check-in and not prior to arrival

4. Wanting a very flexible cancellation policy i.e 24 hours

5. Wish to enjoy extra hotel services

Standalone London apartments are best if you:

1. Staying for 3 nights

2. Want absolute privacy and no link to a hotel at all

3. Want the care and service of a small select team, who you will know by name

4. Checking in during office hours Monday to Friday 9:00-5:00pm

Are the apart’otels more expensive than a standalone apartment?

No, apart’otels are priced the same as apartments. All apartments, irrespective of whether they belong to these two categories are priced based on their location, star rating and length of stay

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